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in alaska. >>> an nbc news investigation -- is bp reneging on its promises to the people scrambled to help in a time of crisis? >>> and here's johnny. carson, the legend and the laughs he gave us are yours to see once again and for all time. laughs he gave us are yours to see once again and for all time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm ann curry, in for brian williams tonight. with a number of significant developments about the economy indicating that many americans are not buying the talk about our being in a recovery. the sentiment was reflected not only in what happened on wall street today, but also in a telling new nbc wall street journal poll out tonight and in a compelling moment near atlanta where thousands of people, many unemployed, overwhelmed a shopping plaza today, desperate for housing assistance. our coverage begins with nbc's ron mott. >> everybody's reaching, trying to grab a piece of paper. >> reporter: in metro atlanta today, the tough economy literally hit home, as thousands lined up in stifling heat simply
for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm ann curry, in for brian williams, as yet more numbers on the economy came out today that help explain why so many americans feel this recovery is not all it's cracked up to be. for example, we learned that the number of people who asked for unemployment benefits for the first time rose significantly last week, surprising economists who expected that number to drop. but at the same time, one of america's biggest corporations which got a huge and controversial government bailout, did report some big gains today. making sense of all of this at the white house is nbc's savannah guthrie. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, ann. it does seem to be the pattern of this recovery -- one step forward, one step back. here at the white house the view is that the economy is slowly digging itself out of a hole, but there is frustration that it's not happening faster. back from the brink of death general motors today announced its biggest quarterly profit in six years -- $1.3 billion. even that good news was overshadowed by a surpr
" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian, who is on assignment tonight. a historic ruling from a federal judge in california. the judge struck down a provision called proposition 8 which bans marriage between same-sex couples. this is the first time any federal court has ever ruled on whether a state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the u.s. constitution. and tonight the judge says, yes, it does. it's almost certain this case will end up in the united states supreme court. but tonight nbc's george lewis has some of the reaction live in los angeles. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight proponents of same-sex marriage are celebrating the fact that for the first time ever a federal judge has said a ban on such marriages is unconstitutional. opponents say they will appeal. outside the courthouse in san francisco, a group of same-sex marriage supporters cheers the news. >> this is a historic day. this is a great victory for us. >> reporter: the ruling comes in a legal battle launched by two gay coup
husband worked there. i should know there. "nbc nightly news" is next and then more local news on the bay area at 6:00. >>> political fallout -- controversy over a planned mosque near ground zero follows the president as he visits the gulf. >>> out of control -- an off-road race goes horribly wrong. shining a harsh light on a dangerous past time. >>> a credit, as kids head back to school, parents get some help with the bills in these tough economic times. >>> deadly summer for kids on the street. but look who's stepping in to help keep them safe. >>> and meals on wheels -- fancy food served from the back of a truck. can gourmet be portable? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, what the white house once called a local issue here in new york has become part of a national dialogue this weekend. after president obama waded into the controversy over the construction of a mosque near the site of ground zero. and today, the president's political opponents made clear, they intend to make this an issue in the upcoming election. we'll have two reports tonight. we begin wi
-close view of two great white sharks. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> and today we begin with economic breakdown. a few months ago, the u.s. economy appeared to be on its way to recovery. now with the federal reserve and wall street having their doubts, according to a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll, american people are sharing those same suspicions. nbc news kristen dahlgren joins us live now from washington, d.c. with more. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, lynn. yeah, july now marks the eighth straight month that the number of foreclosures has increased over last year. couple that with unemployment, and a lot of americans are beginning to feel like we haven't yet hit bottom. in prince georges county, maryland, 3,000 would-be firefighters fought over just 94 jobs. >> we had to split off the testing process over two days, inviting 750 people to each written test period. >> reporter: across the country in los angele
at the discussions behind the breaks and interesting we guarantee. nbc. did they overplay the u.s. withdrawal this week. >> they call themselves the raiders, have crossed into kuwait. >> nbc news on hand as u.s. combat troops leave iraq, did they miss facts and who tripped them off. what do you want from me is my best professional military advice. >> our top man in afghanistan starts a media tour to present a plan for victory. can it work? answers next on news watch. you've got to try it, >> right now, we are with the last american combat troop, and they're in the process of leaving this country right now. we are with the 42 stryker brigade and i'm broadcasting live from the top of a stryker fighting vehicle. there are 440 american troops in this convoy, travelling in 60-- across the border into kuwait and it's not far to the border, just about 30 miles from here. as soon as all of the soldiers leave iraq, operation iraqi freedom, the combat mission in iraq, will be over. >> that's nbc correspondent richard engle part of the effort's allout effort to cover the withdrawal of combat troops fro
and go behind the scenes and look at the discussions behind the breaks and interesting we guarantee. nbc. did they overplay the u.s. withdrawal this week. >> they call themselves the raiders, have crossed into kuwait. >> nbc news on hand as u.s. combat troops leave iraq, did they miss facts and who tripped them off. what do you want from me is my best professional military advice. >> our top man in afghanistan starts a media tour to present a plan for victory. can it work? answers next on news watch. activia's great new taste? isn't this the yogurt that, you know... helps regulate your digestive system. trust me. it is beyond tasty. mmm. this is really good! new best tasting activia ever! taste it, love it, or it's free! in this. one day, i'll parkhis in a spot reserved for me. it's got 26,000 miles on it now, but i'm gonna take it to a thousand million. [ male announcer ] when you own a certified pre-owned mercedes-benz, chances are ty'll own it one day, too. which is why it undergoes such a rigorous inspection to meet our uncompromising standards. one day, i'm gonna drive this to vegas
" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. brian is on assignment tonight. i'm lester holt. history was made in this country today when the senate confirmed elena kagan to the u.s. supreme court. once she's sworn in this weekend, she'll become the current court's third woman member and the fourth ever named. tonight president obama calls kagan's confirmation an affirmation of her character and her temperament. still, today's confirmation vote fell largely along party lines, seen by many as another symbol of washington's ever-deepening partisan divide. nbc's kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill with more. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. when you look at today's vote, you can see history. justice kagan will give women a greater voice, making up one-third of the court and you can see politics. five republicans crossed over to support kagan while one democrat was among the no votes. >> the tally is 63-37. the nomination is confirmed. >> reporter: elena kagan did get five fewer votes than sonia sotomayor last summer, but the number
of family. "nightly news" starts now. captions paid for by captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. i'm lester holt. brian is on assignment. we want to begin here with a question millions of jobless and frustrated americans are asking tonight, what will it take to get companies to start hiring again? the question took on even greater urgency today with word the economy shed more than 130,000 jobs last month leaving the unemployment rate stuck at 9.5%. the news tonight is casting an ominous cloud over the future of the nation's economic recovery. nbc's lee cowan leads us off this evening with a painful reality for americans who are still pounding the pavement for work but coming up empty. >> reporter: for the unemployed, it is an economic broken record, 14 million americans were still hunting for work in july. for the last year and a half, stephanie carlino has been sending out a resume almost every single day. the light at the end of the economic tunnel just seems further and further away. >> it will come. it has to come. we are all due for a break on some level, i rea
he ate 20 tacos. again, i still don't get it. sounds horrible. "nbc nightly news" is next then more local news on the bay area at 6:00. see you then. good night. >>> bad eggs. more than a half billion recalled. how did so many get in the american food supply? >>> the mystery man behind wikileaks. is he the target of a new smear campaign or something more? it's been a strange 24 hours. >>> under attack. even a world-famous tourist attraction can't keep the bed bugs away. how summer vacation may be fueling a national infestation. >>> and making a difference. superstars step up to the plate to make a lot of dreams come superstars step up to the plate to make a lot of dreams come true. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. breakfast won't be the same for americans in many parts of the country this weekend who are being advised to toss out or return their eggs to the store out of fear of salmonella contamination. tonight the nation's largest egg recall now covers more than half a billion potentially tainted eggs. the salmonella outbreak has so far sickened more
for all of us here at nbc news, good night. >>> this morning on "early today," political firestorm. controversy over a planned mosque near ground zero trails the president. >>> what went wrong? investigators look into a deadly crash at an off road race in california. >>> and stuck in a jam. help arrives for a curious bear cub in that. captions paid for by nbc-universal television tha captions paid for by nbc-universal television fl t captions paid for by nbc-universal television o th captions paid for by nbc-universal television r th captions paid for by nbc-universal television . captions paid for by nbc-universal television that captions paid for by nbc-universal television hat. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with battleground zero. president obama's controversial comments about a proposed islamic mosque was a political firestorm over the weekend that doesn't appear to be dying down anytime soon. kristen dahlgren is live for us this morning in washington, d.c. with the latest. good morning. >> r
is vindicated 31 years after his death captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> and today, we begin with a landmark ruling. in california, a federal judge has struck down a voter-approved ban on marriage between same-sex couples, also known as proposition 8. a momentous decision, but it far from ends the legal battle over gay marriage. now it's almost certain this case will end up in the united states supreme court. nbc's noelle walker has our story. >> reporter: gay marriage supporters held their collective breath for the past two years. yesterday, a collective and joyous sigh of relief. ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪ ♪ >> reporter: from san francisco's castro district to the streets of west hollywood, the iconic homes of the gay rights movement celebrated this court ruling that struck down the voter-passed proposition 8. >> we have other battles ahead of us, but with this decision, carefully analyzing evidence, we are well on our way to earn an ultimate
a close-up view of a twister tearing through western minnesota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a despicable act of violence. that's how secretary of state hillary clinton is describing the murder of ten medical aid workers in afghanistan last week. the condemnation comes as we're learning more about those who were ambushed and killed. they were on a return trip from a remote afghan province. nbc's frances coe has our story. >> reporter: the bodies of the aid workers murdered in a remote province of afghanistan have now been recovered and brought to kabul. three of the six americans killed, a denver dentist, dr. thomas graham, he left his dental practice in colorado four years ago to give free dental care to children in the war-torn country. cheryl beckett, the 32-year-old daughter of a tennessee pastor, had spent six years in afghanistan specializing in mother and child health and nutrition. and dr. tom little, who with
? what one chef in iowa did to get him slammed with a health fine. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, hello to you and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with to have and to hold. a federal judge has extended a temporary hold on same-sex marriages in california until next week. supporters of the state's controversial ban known as proposition 8 wasted no time filing a federal appeal to block the ban's removal before next wednesday's deadline. still, residents fighting for equal rights call it a reason to celebrate. nbc's noelle walker has more. >> reporter: another victory for prop 8 opponents. they are celebrating baby steps. the judge lifted the stay that's keeping same-sex couples from saying "i do," but they don't have the right to marry just yet. >> we're hopeful that we will be able to get married and we'll be able to announce wedding plans as soon as possible. >> reporter: last week judge vaughn walker ruled the voter-passed proposition 8 unconstitutional,
into a stand of terrified spectators in spain. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with the long road home. more than seven years after the u.s.-led invasion of iraq began, it's now the beginning of the end of the american mission there. yesterday, the last u.s. combat brigade left iraq. although some combat troops do remain, according to the government, the departure marks a long-awaited milestone on the american war front. nbc's richard engel made the journey with the brigade and filed this report last night from the iraq/kuwait border. >> reporter: a short while ago we watched the last american combat troops cross through this gate, leaving iraq and entering here in kuwait. they were from the 4-2 stryker brigade based at ft. lewis in washington state. they call themselves the raiders, and now they have a special place in the history of the iraq war. >> we're going home! >> reporter: they were the last 440 american combat troops to leave
a surprising ancestry. captions paid for by nbc-universal televisio >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with the people speaking. votes have been counted from five states where americans weighed in yesterday on who will make it to midterm elections in november, and the senate primaries in florida and arizona captured attention nationwide. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: john mccain one step closer to his fifth term in the u.s. senate after winning tuesday's primary. mccain spent more than $20 million to successfully fend off former congressman j.d. hayworth. >> i promise you, i take nothing for granted, i'll fight with every ounce of strength and conviction i possess to make the case for my continued service in the senate. >> reporter: critics arguing the senator has lost his conservative roots with his stand on immigration, a key issue, but mccain still able to win heading into the november election. in florida, four-term congressman kendrick meek showing his gratitude after elected as
the spectacular new images of underwater creatures off the coast of indonesia. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry and today we begin with five years later. hurricane katrina moved into the gulf of mexico five years ago this week before growing into one of the most devastating hurricanes in u.s. history. nbc's jay gray is in new orleans where the city that was hardest hit is still struggling to recover. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. a testimony to the violent power of the storm, the definitetation that still lingers here. katrina almost as strong as the unbreakable spirit of the survivors here. the storm's been gone for a long time now. the casinos are up and running again in mississippi. the excitement of mardi gras, and the surprise super bowl win of the beloved but beleaguered saints have all been reasons to celebrate along the gulf coast. still, the images and painful emotions from hurricane katrina linger. in the ninth ward, years of
of them. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm ann curry in for brian williams. as a part of america's heartland is struggling against a triple threat -- extreme heat, severe thunderstorm warnings and dangerous flooding. it's happening in ames, iowa, and it's gotten so bad, tens of thousands of people may be without drinking water there for days. our own ron allen has spent the day in the intense weather and joins us now from the soggy grounds of iowa state university. ron? >> reporter: good evening to you, ann. yes, this part of campus is usually dry this time of year, but this water has been standing here now for several days. further back, you can see there are workers inside several buildings trying to pump out water and dry out things to get it ready for school. also here in the town of ames is another big problem, there's an entire community of people who do not have clean water. city crews worked feverishly to repair flood damage today. officials say strict water conservation measures and a boil water alert will likely re
>>> i'm ann curry. for all of us here at nbc news, >>> i'm ann curry. for all of us here at nbc news, good night. >>> this morning on "early today," ambush in afghanistan. ten medical aid workers are brutally murdered by insurgents. >>> multi-state manhunt. a massive search effort under way to two arizona prison escapees. >>> and at close range. storm chasers get a close-up view of a twister tearing storm chasers get a close-up view of a twister tearing through western minnesota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a despicable act of violence. that's how secretary of state hillary clinton is describing the murder of ten medical aid workers in afghanistan last week. the condemnation comes as we're learning more about those who were ambushed and killed. nbc's frances coe has our story. >> reporter: the bodies of the aid workers murdered in a remote province of afghanistan have now been recovered and brought to kabul. three of the six americans killed, a denver dentist, dr. thomas graham, he left his dental
seen them before. "nightly news" starts now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, i'm ann curry in for brian williams. information is still coming in tonight about who was lost in last night's plane crash in alaska. today it was confirmed that former u.s. senator ted stevens was killed along with four others. but that former nasa administrator sean o'keefe and his son survived, though they are badly injured. the struggle for accurate information about this crash lasted throughout much of this day because it happened in such a remote area, more than 300 miles from anchorage, near a tiny town of dillingham. we have three reports, including one near the scene. but first, tom costello on what happened. tom? >> reporter: ann, good evening. this was a passing plane that spotted the wreckage and guided first responders to this remote scene. it took more than 12 hours for national guard and coast guard rescuers to get to the wreckage and medivac out the victims. among those five fatalities on board, senator stevens. the plane went down in a remote region, 320 mile
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with what went wrong. federal investigators will continue searching for clues at the site of monday's tragic plane crash in the mountains in alaska. five of the nine people onboard were killed, including alaska's beloved senate veteran ted stevens. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: this morning, the search for what caused this plane to crash, killing former u.s. senator ted stevens, the longest serving republican in history. >> for he built alaska and he stood for alaska, and he fought for alaskans. >> reporter: stevens and four others were killed traveling to and from fishing lodges when their small plane crashed in a remote area near dillingham, alaska. four survived the crash, including former nasa administrator sean o'keefe and his teenage son kevin. the cause of the crash is under investigation. >> we're looking to see whether or not there were any pilot reports, distress signals, whether there wa
palestinians sparks outrage. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with taking a stand. the disputed plan over the plans to build a mosque near ground zero has politicianings fired up in washington with lawmakers in both parties taking sides, and for president obama, who's hitting the campaign trail hard ahead of the midterm elections, it's been an issue he's unable to shake. for more now, we go to nbc's kristen dahlgren in washington. kristen, good morning. >> good morning, lynn. and now the senate's top democrat harry reid has come out against the proposed mosque plan a clear move away from the president on this controversial issue. reed is in a tight re-election bid in nevada and the mosque controversy is quickly becoming a hot issue as we move into the elections. reid said he respects freedom of religion but thinks the mosque should be built somewhere else. on a trip to miesque yesterday, the president continued to be dogged by questions about hi
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television r >> hi, everybody. good morning. hop hope you had a great w wiwill welcom will welcome to acroacross the nation, includie pacific time zone. i'm tom roberts. today we begin with wounds that are still healing. gulf coast residents still trying to put hurricane katrina behind them marked the fifth anniversary of that devastating storm yesterday. president obama in new orleans observing that anniversary promis promised the city th administration remains committed to building the crescent city. jay gray has more. >> reporter: as he traveled to new orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of katrina, president obama made a promise to the gulf coast. >> my administration is going to stand with you and fight alongside you until the job is done. >> reporter: and five years later, so many are still fighting to finish that work. >> just another day. we just got to come back here and finish cleaning up the mess. >> reporter: others struggle to deal with the scars that just don't seem to heal. new orleans mayor mitch landrieu laid a wreath at the memorial to
for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with keeping promises. president obama will address the nation today from the oval office to discuss the deadline for withdrawing the combat troops from iraq. tonight the president will likely focus on for this through with his central campaign promises. however, there is one message the white house says president obama will definitely not deliver. for more on that we go to nbc tracie potts, who is live for us in washington. good morning to you, tracy. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. remember when president bush landed on the aircraft carrier that said mission accomplished, you will not hear that from president obama tonight. he'll talk about this being a period of transition for u.s. and iraqi soldiers serving there. there will be 50,000 troops left after combat troops are pulled out as of today. for at least another year they will be there in an advisory role to help iraquis secure their nation. this is a tough
food served from the back of a truck. can gormet be portable? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, what the white house once called a local issue here in new york has become part of a national dialogue this weekend. after president obama waded into the controversy over the construction of a mosque near the site of ground zero. and today, the president's political opponents made clear, they intend to make this an issue in the upcoming election. we'll have two reports tonight. we begin with nbc's mike mikara, who is in panama city beach again tonight. >> reporter: the president is back in washington after spending overnight in the florida panhandle with his family. but the controversial over his support of the mosque near ground zero has followed him here and back. and today it shows little sign of dying down. the obamas closed out their gulf coast getaway this weekend with a boat ride. and caught a glimpse of a porpoise as it breached the calm, bay waters. but overshadowing his gulf trip, a storm over the president's comments in support of a mo
now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm ann curry in for brian williams tonight. >>> as a new study published today reveals stunning and alarming findings about the health of our daughters. according to the study of more than 1,200 children, a significant number of girls are now showing signs of puberty as young as 7 years old. with these findings, the researchers are raising concerns that our girls will be at greater risk for behavioral problems, perhaps even breast cancer in the future. in a moment we'll talk to a leading pediatrician about what parents can do. we begin now with nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: the results are startling. more than 1,200 girls between the ages of 7 and 8 from new york, cincinnati and the san francisco bay area were part of the study. the findings reported in today's journal of pediatrics revealed that while the average age of the onset of puberty is 10 or 11, 15% of the girls showed signs of puberty at 7 years old. among them, 10% of white girls, twice as many as in a 1997 study, but 15% of hispanic girls and 23
. and nbc bay area cheryl hurd is live. this is the first stop for fakes in america, isn't it? >> reporter: that's right, the port of oakland. fake merchandise smuggled into huge contarns here, and the feds want to put an end to it. >> undermines the retail marketplace. >> reporter: coach, prada, versace, and even nike, they may look real on the surface, but according to u.s. attorney, they are fake. >> it creates for the customer confusion, and uncertainty about the quality of goods that bear very important labels that the manufacturers have spent enormous amount of money to develop the branding for. >> reporter: in december 2007, an alert customs inspector at port of oakland saw a suspicious container. authorities say it contained 50,000 counterfeit designer accessories with an estimated market value of more than 22 million. >> counterfeiting badly undermines the united states' economy. it robs americans of jobs, it stifles innovation, and it promotes crime. >> reporter: the raids took place here in souvenir shops in the fishermen's wharf area on beach, taylor and jefferson streets, ten
us are here for you to see for all time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm ann curry, in for brian williams tonight. with a number of significant developments about the economy indicating that many americans are not buying the talk about our being in a recovery. the sentiment was reflected not only in what happened on wall street today, but also in a telling new nbc wall street journal poll out tonight and in a compelling moment near atlanta where thousands of people, many unemployed, overwhelmed a shopping plaza today, desperate for housing assistance. our coverage begins with nbc's ron mott. >> trying to grab a piece of paper. >> reporter: in atlanta today the tough economy literally hit home, as thousands lined up in stifling heat simply to get on the waiting list for federally subsidized public housing. >> this is a blessing for those that are going through hard times financially. they're losing their homes, you know. their income is being shattered. so this is really a blessing. >> reporter: a blessing that cam
begins now. nbc-universal television aid fory >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian, who is on assignment tonight. we begin with a chilling follow-up to yesterday's workplace shooting rampage in connecticut. it is a dramatic 911 call made from inside the business as an employee who had just been forced to resign began shooting his co-workers one by one. police in manchester are now saying that man, truck driver omar thornton, had methodically planned his attack, even stashing the weapons he eventually used to murder eight of his co-workers and to take his own life. tonight the voice of a wounded survivor who managed to call police is providing a running account of the rampage as it happened. nbc's peter alexander has our report. >> 911. >> i need to talk to -- hartford distributors, there's a shooting somebody got shot. >> when steve hollander called police early tuesday morning, the company vice president was already a survivor. grazed by two gunshots, one in the jaw. >> i'm bleeding all over the place. >> okay. how many people got shot? >> i don't know. >> okay. you don
for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president, the first lady and their daughter sasha arrived in florida today for a quick trip, just one night in the gulf. the white house late today releasing a photo showing a smiling president frolicking in the waves with his daughter. but on this day, the symbolism of spending time down south where the oil spill has done so much damage was competing with an issue from way up north here in new york. nbc's mike viqueira is traveling with the president tonight. he joins us from panama city beach in florida. mike, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. the first family minus malia who is still away at camp came to florida's panhandle in part to show tourists and americans at large that it's safe to come back to the coast. but as the president's comments last night and the aftermath of those comments, he and his aides have been dealing with this controversial support for building that mosque near ground zero. even as the first couple and daughter sasha arrived this morning on the gulf coast for a weekend getaway, it is mr. obama
clinton's fairy tale wedding. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. >>> welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with fresh hopes along the gulf coast. fingers are crossed along the gulf coast that bp engineers will finally be able to begin the process of plugging up the blown out oil we go for good with a process known as the static kill. for more we go to kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana. good morning to you, kristen. >> reporter: good morning. one official called this a lethal injection. static kill, of course, was pushed back because of tropical storm bonnie and then delayed another day because of debris in the relief well. we may now be less than 24 hours away from what some are calling the beginning of the end. out at the well overnight, last minute preparations that could by tonight have hundreds of barrels of mud flowing into and filling the leaking well. >> the sequence of events that has to be followed before they can actually start pumping mud into the capping s
now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we have been through this before. every time it's been given a catchy name like top hat or top kill. and all previous attempts to kill this oil well in the gulf have failed. the cap on it now is temporary, but this next mission is designed to plug it and kill it, even before those relief wells bore all the way through. and while it would only be good news to stop it for good, the folks in the gulf want everybody to remember that water is still full of oil. we begin tonight, again, with nbc's anne thompson in venice, louisiana. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this well has one more test to pass -- an injection test. crews are going to try to see if they can force the oil back down through the well pipe and into the reservoir. and if the answer is "yes," then static kill should begin tomorrow. at the leak site, preparations are under way to kill the macondo well. the rig that once burned off the oil tomorrow will try to force it deep under the sea floor. >> that's the q-4000. so they will deliver
college got an a-plus when it comes to having a good time? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with another delay. bp had hoped to begin testing its plan to pump massive amounts of mud into the blown out well in the gulf of mexico, but now frustration is mounting as the so-called static kill, a plan bp hopes will seal the stopped up well for good, is on hold again. for more on this, we go to nbc's kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, lynn. at this point we were supposed to at least be close to the start of that so-called static kill, but they found a hydraulic leak as they were about to do that last key test, so now they have to fix that before they can move forward with the kill. one mile beneath the surface, one more delay. crews hope to fix a hydraulic leak today to get back to the business of sealing the well. if they're able to do that and complete one more key test, heavy mud will
for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. this is no longer the story of rampant flooding in a faraway place halfway around the world. tonight, it's the story of a natural disaster so large, so staggering it threatens to destabilize the entire nation of pakistan -- a country with nuclear weapons in a dangerous part of the world. tonight, water covers about a fifth of pakistan, the length of the country from north to south, an area roughly equal in size to the state of florida. the rainwaters have been relentless this monsoon season and more of them are on the way. 20 million people have been affected by the flooding. 6 million are at risk right now of deadly disease. there's no way of knowing the number of dead. early estimates begin at 1,500. they will likely grow exponentially. we begin our reporting with nbc's stephanie gosk in pakistan. >> reporter: in pakistan, desperation. 19 days of monsoon rains turned into deadly floods, millions still don't have enough food or clean water. in the heartland today, angry protests at the lack of help. in the rugged northwest, cut of
show. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with try, try again. prosecutors say they're planning a retrial in the corruption case against rod blagojevich after a deadlocked jury agreed on only one of 24 counts. blagojevich could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for the single guilty charge. still the ousted politician-turned celebrity is calling it a victory. nbc's leanne gregg has the story. >> governor, are you concerned about what's to come, governor? >> reporter: rod blagojevich, back home and greeted with celebrity fanfare after a jury's decision on his alleged political corruption crime spree. after two weeks of deliberations on 24 charges, a mistrial on all but one count. >> this jury just shows you that notwithstanding the fact that the government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me, that on every count except for one, on every charge except for one, they could not prove that i did anything wrong. >>
on an airport runway. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a nightmare that is finally over. that's how a u.s. marshal described yesterday's capture of the last of three inmates who escaped from an arizona prison and his alleged accomplice. police say john mccluskey and his fiancee and cousin casslyn welch were arrested after an alert forest ranger spotted their stolen vehicle at a campground in northeastern arizona, then called in the s.w.a.t. team. >> mr. mccluskey was lying down on the campground. he was taken into custody, and he made a statement at that time or a few minutes later that if he had gotten back to the tent, there was a gun there and that he would have killed the officers involved. >> they were the target of a three-week nationwide manhunt after welch allegedly helped mccluskey cut through the prison security fence. after their escape, police say both suspects were linked to the slayings of a couple on vacation in new mexico. t
are reduced to rubble within seconds. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a high stakes debate. demonstrators took to the streets of new york near the former world trade center sunday to fight for or against a proposed mosque fueling a nationwide debate over religious freedom. brian mooar has the story. >> we got to stand strong. >> reporter: new york's ground zero suddenly ground zero for a national debate over religious tolerance. >> no mosque, not here, not now, no ever. >> reporter: hundreds gathered to protest a planned mosque and islamic center just two blocks from the world trade center site. supporters staged a protest of their own. >> we say no to racist fear. muslims are welcome here. >> reporter: president obama's support took the fight to a new level. >> you have the president of the united states weighing in on this issue actually on each side of the issue within 24 hours, which has helped stimulate a great national debate. >
>>> freeway drama. police dash-cam capture an ohio teen's car going airborne. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with primary day. voters will head to the polls in several states today to cast their votes in hotly contested elections. old names on the ballot are shelling out big bucks trying to take the races and move on to the midterms. tracy potts joins us for the latest from washington, d.c. good morning, tracy. >> good morning. on the e. coli, polls are now starting to open. we'll see that later along the west coast. basically what we expect to see today is whether republican incumbents and party favorites will be able to hold onto those seats amid a massive challenge from the tea party. >>> arizona's john mccain is in a tough senate fight against former congressman j.d. hayworth. >> we're going to pull a huge upset. >> mccain admits today's votes may be mostly anti-washington. >> people say, look, you're a great guy, john mccain
up about their messy divorce. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a deadly wave. less than a week before u.s. troops are set to formally end combat operations in iraq, insurgents have unleashed a series of attacks. today, six people died in an ambush outside baghdad. it came just hours after coordinated attacks that killed at least 56 people yesterday. police say the more than two dozen bombings and shootings targeted security forces throughout the country, shaking confidence in their ability to take over responsibility for iraq and weaken al qaeda. meanwhile, president obama will deliver a prime time speech from the oval office next tuesday to mark the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. the address will take place after the president visits with troops in ft. bliss, texas. >>> alaska senator lisa murkowski is struggling to avoid becoming the seventh congressional incumbent to be pushed out of office this year. wit
by the end of the month. but nbc bay area's news reports that it could stop any minute. >> could have a budget within two or three weeks. >> reporter: the governor sound optimistic talking to the commerce today. fwult make this aand -- but to make this a reality they have to work together. >> it is a very difficult time to come to an agreement. >> reporter: democrats we talked to aren't as optimistic. they say they aren't any closer to a budget deal. last week democratic leaders in the assembly and senate unveiled their new plan to balance the bunt. it includes a 1% increase in income taxes and hike in vehicle license fees from 1.15% to 1.65%. the governor will never sign a budget with a tax hike. instead he wants deep spending cuts and major pension reform. >> since i made it clear that i will not seen it budget if we don't have this pension reform, to straighten out the mess. >>> so, why does the governor have a little more optimism? let's dig deeper into the budget. nbc bay area, larry gersten, the state has found more sources of revenue and places to cut too? >> yes, pockets, we n
a teenager on a skateboard, leaving him seriously injured and potentially blind as nbc bay area's kimberly reports, it's a double dose of tragedy for the teen's family. >> deion was crawling, blind and bleeding, out of the street, trying to get out of the road, but he doesn't know where he was. >> reporter: monica thompson says her son lost sight in his right eye when he was 4 years old. now a hit and run crash could leave him completely blind. a fracture and swelling to the left side of his skull is causing limited vision to his one good eye. >> he says he can only see the in the bottom corner of his right eye. and his left eye. so it's about a window about that big right there. >> reporter: dan thompson was reportedly crossing the street on his skateboard to the entrance of 85 friday night when he was hit. >> someone who would, like, hit a person and see them lying on the street and then go, and not even think, oh, my god, did i just kill him, or is he okay, but just to speed off like that? i can't even imagine what kind of person would do that. >> they knew they hit him. >> that's accor
the fire is burning. nbc bay area's cheryl hurd is in walnut creek, not far from clayton. you can actually see some of the smoke up in the hills. >> we can, jessica. you can see the fire from the vantage point where we are in walnut creek. as you can see, there is a lot more smoke than i showed you about an hour ago. meanwhile, we are here, near a very popular park. heather farms park, they have a very popular pool. the folks we talked to, today, are just trying to stay cool. >> it's type. i think evan is sick of being cold, yeah. about time. we had some sun. >> sun is one thing. but triple digit temperatures are another. >> no, i like the heat. i am enjoying it. the more sun the better. >> 100 degrees. >> doesn't feel like it. >> check the temperature. several east bay cities topped the century mark. in walnut creek, 95 degrees in the shade. >> the pool all to ourselves. how lovely is this. >> the pool! >> luxury. like we're on vacation. >> didn't feel much like summer during the vacation months. that's why contra costa county public health director, wendall bruiner says the heat wave is
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